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Mario Cuomo ends 41-year boycott of 'The Godfather'
upi ^ | Oct. 22, 2013

Posted on 10/23/2013 10:40:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono

NEW YORK, - Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo confirmed he has ended his decades-long boycott against "The Godfather" and watched the 1972 film.

Cuomo, 81, long refused to watch Francis Ford Coppola's film due to his vocal opposition to stereotyping Italian-Americans as being involved in organized crime. But he said Sunday at the 2013 Forum Film Festival at the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham Law School in New York that he has finally watched the movie, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Cuomo admitted that "maybe this thing was a masterpiece."

The former governor, speaking on a panel that also included Larry King, said the film was "great, if you're referring to artistry." However, he said he stands by his criticism that "The Godfather" and similar works deliver a "horrible" message by depicting Italian-Americans as sanctioning murder and breaking the law in the pursuit of revenge.

"You demean our system of law and order by saying if you want to get justice you mow down the bums," Cuomo said.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: film; italianamericans; mariocuomo; thegodfather

1 posted on 10/23/2013 10:40:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Mario Cuomo... What a douche.


2 posted on 10/23/2013 10:42:57 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Sicon
Mario Cuomo... What a douche.

Totally. I guess Cuomo has never watched a movie in which an Italian or Italian-American committed a crime?

3 posted on 10/23/2013 10:44:58 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: JoeProBono

Of course there were Irish in the mobs too.


4 posted on 10/23/2013 10:45:19 AM PDT by donmeaker (The lessons of Weimar will soon be repeated.)
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To: Sicon

Cuomo, 81, long refused to watch Francis Ford Coppola’s film due to his vocal opposition to stereotyping Italian-Americans as being involved in organized crime.

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How ironic. Since Cuomo is a stereotype of elitist grifting Italian American goombah sleazebag politicians.


5 posted on 10/23/2013 10:47:36 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JoeProBono

Reminds me of when Gennifer Flowers thought Cuomo was a Mafioso.


6 posted on 10/23/2013 10:48:05 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: JoeProBono

Got a problem with my family Mario?


7 posted on 10/23/2013 10:51:49 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Sicon; All

agreed, buuttt.....

as an American of Italian descent i have no problem with the Godfather and could care less about the Soprano’s....what annoys me is the hypocrisy of it all...

politicians and others were all up in arms over the Seinfeld Puerto Rican day parade episode....gosh forbid you say something negative about the muzzie....you can’t use the name Redskins....but the Godfather is somehow accepted...


8 posted on 10/23/2013 10:52:50 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: JoeProBono

Guess the Cuomos did not want to see the power behind their power.


9 posted on 10/23/2013 10:53:23 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: JoeProBono

He’ll boycott a movie but defend to the hilt the murder of the unborn.

Maledetto disgraziato: PENTITI!


10 posted on 10/23/2013 10:54:55 AM PDT by Claud
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To: God luvs America

Hey,Hyman Roth and Moe Greene were big honchos also.

Should Jews be offended?

(See my tagline)

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11 posted on 10/23/2013 11:00:31 AM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art ot being easily offended.)
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To: JoeProBono; Sicon; Sans-Culotte; donmeaker; Responsibility2nd; Wiggins; MichaelCorleone; ...
Hey, Mario!

Azende me, tuzeprovenos SFACHIM!

(...and he is!)

12 posted on 10/23/2013 11:01:14 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: JoeProBono

The Cuomo crime family just doesn’t want the competition.


13 posted on 10/23/2013 11:01:43 AM PDT by Argus
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To: Sicon

Wasn’t Cuomo the head of one of the largest crime syndicates (New York State Government) at one time?


14 posted on 10/23/2013 11:02:00 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: JoeProBono

“We’re both part of the same hypocrisy, Governor.”


15 posted on 10/23/2013 11:02:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mears

liberal Jews are offended by everything...

here’s a question; what would the response be to a TV/Movie series centered on a bunch of tax cheating, scheming Jewish accountants???


16 posted on 10/23/2013 11:04:29 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: JoeProBono
"Leave the gun. Take the canoli."

This is one movie I never get tired of watching. My vote for greatest ever.

17 posted on 10/23/2013 11:06:39 AM PDT by FatherofFive (MIslam is evil and must be eradicate)
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To: donmeaker

Don’t forget Jews, Poles, Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese, and Russian, among others.


18 posted on 10/23/2013 11:08:22 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Rodamala

I loved when said that. My late mom too.


19 posted on 10/23/2013 11:13:13 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: FatherofFive

20 posted on 10/23/2013 11:16:32 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Thus spewed the Italian white-collar criminal. Socialism IS organized crime.


21 posted on 10/23/2013 11:21:45 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: JoeProBono

Yo Mario, nice to know you’ve finally extracted your head from your arse and joined the rest of us in the 21st century.


22 posted on 10/23/2013 11:23:22 AM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: JoeProBono

Not criticizing your placing this article here, Joe.

UPI, however, deserves some serious upbraiding... really now.. THIS is “news?”


23 posted on 10/23/2013 11:24:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: JoeProBono

I’ve never seen it either, I try to avoid Mafia movies.


24 posted on 10/23/2013 11:32:44 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Democrats-"a party that since antebellum times has been bent on the dishonoring of humanity.)
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To: JoeProBono

He spent all these years talking about how the movie stereotyped Italians, but he never watched the movie?

What a maroon.

It’s like thinking Obama care is easy to sign for, without going through the process.


25 posted on 10/23/2013 11:34:09 AM PDT by Vermont Lt ( 1-800-318-2596, Mr President.)
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To: JoeProBono
"You demean our system of law and order by saying if you want to get justice you mow down the bums,"

Not even close, Mario, not even close. And I live in a town where you can't get a decent cannoli.

26 posted on 10/23/2013 11:57:50 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Mears
Hey,Hyman Roth and Moe Greene were big honchos also.

Yeah we were. :>)

27 posted on 10/23/2013 12:06:31 PM PDT by Hyman Roth
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To: JoeProBono
"You demean our system of law and order by saying if you want to get justice you mow down the bums," Cuomo said.

Translation: I believe government has a monopoly on coercive violence.

28 posted on 10/23/2013 12:09:52 PM PDT by Oratam (Thank you St. Jude!)
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To: Hyman Roth

29 posted on 10/23/2013 12:13:18 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

He cojld have read the book is which is better than the movie...

I assume the former governor can read...


30 posted on 10/23/2013 12:16:03 PM PDT by Popman (Liberal wars are about killing people for humanitarian reasons...)
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To: mojito

31 posted on 10/23/2013 12:18:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: FatherofFive

Godfather Trivia of the day - Supposedly the actor ad-libed the famous “take the canoli” line. Same for Marlon Brando picking up the cat in the opening scene.


32 posted on 10/23/2013 12:18:05 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: JoeProBono
Now that's a cannoli!
33 posted on 10/23/2013 12:22:00 PM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: safeasthebanks
Godfather Trivia of the day - Supposedly the actor ad-libed the famous “take the canoli” line. Same for Marlon Brando picking up the cat in the opening scene.

The coolest "behind the scenes" thing that I've ever heard about the Godfather was the scene with Luca Brasi practicing his lines before going in to see the Godfather. Coppola saw the actor Lenny Montana actually rehearsing his lines on the set and told a cameraman to film it. This little clip works perfectly in the movie to illustrate the respect in which the Godfather was held.

It's little nuggets like this and a hundred others that make Godfather I and II masterpieces.

34 posted on 10/23/2013 12:34:55 PM PDT by CommerceComet (Enough with politicians, this conservative is only voting for someone with courage and conviction.)
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To: JoeProBono

When it comes to pure brutality, nobody had the Jewish based Purple gang beat.


35 posted on 10/23/2013 12:35:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Hyman Roth

Son of a gun !! :-)

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36 posted on 10/23/2013 12:55:39 PM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art of being easily offended.)
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To: cripplecreek

The Purple Gang, also known as the Sugar House Gang


37 posted on 10/23/2013 12:56:49 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Wiggins
I use it for Mario Rubio now. Maybe he is ne the Sfachim... but he's a sfachim still the same.
38 posted on 10/23/2013 12:57:28 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: JoeProBono

Scene in the church:

Mario the Pious ends 41-year boycott of ‘The Godfather’:

In nomine patri et fille et spiritu sancte

(cue Godfather Theme)


39 posted on 10/23/2013 1:03:54 PM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: mojito; JoeProBono

40 posted on 10/23/2013 1:10:43 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Responsibility2nd
".. a stereotype of elitist grifting Italian American goombah sleazebag.. "

Geeeze.. I unequivocally resemble that statement.. :)

41 posted on 10/23/2013 1:40:37 PM PDT by carlo3b (RUFFLE FEATHERS, and destroy their FEATHER NEST!)
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To: JoeProBono
Cuomo, 81, long refused to watch Francis Ford Coppola's film due to his vocal opposition to stereotyping Italian-Americans as being involved in organized crime.

Kept him from looking in the mirror too.

And he's avoided eye contact with his son, Governor Fredo.

42 posted on 10/23/2013 1:42:18 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: carlo3b

Ahh, but you’re not a politician, are ya?

We can forgive you for being a elitist grifting Italian American goombah sleazebag.

But a politician would be too much.


43 posted on 10/23/2013 1:50:39 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JoeProBono
I guess he's lonely and wants attention.

Andrew doesn't come by to visit anymore.

44 posted on 10/23/2013 1:56:23 PM PDT by x
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’ll accept, elitist grifting Italian American goombah sleazebag, but don’t ever call me a politician, or, or, or, I’ll.. you know.. :)


45 posted on 10/23/2013 2:06:24 PM PDT by carlo3b (RUFFLE FEATHERS, and destroy their FEATHER NEST!)
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To: Rodamala

I know. Rubio is a big disappointment.


46 posted on 10/23/2013 3:42:39 PM PDT by Wiggins
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